Spring into Better Emotional Health - Ellen Dolgen

Spring into Better Emotional Health

After a long winter, I always look forward to the renewal that springtime brings. Spring is all about new beginnings – starting fresh.  As we watch buds bursting into flowers, it is also a good time to prune the old and make space for the new.

I recently read in the Scientific American“The human body replaces its own cells regularly. Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, have finally pinned down the speed and extent of this “turnover.” About a third of our body mass is fluid outside of our cells, such as plasma, plus solids, such as the calcium scaffolding of bones. The remaining two-thirds is made up of roughly 30 trillion human cells. About 72 percent of those, by mass, are fat and muscle, which last an average of 12 to 50 years, respectively. But we have far more, tiny cells in our blood, which live only three to 120 days, and lining our gut, which typically lives less than a week. Those two groups, therefore, make up the giant majority of the turnover. About 330 billion cells are replaced daily, equivalent to about 1 percent of all our cells. In 80 to 100 days, 30 trillion will have replenished—the equivalent of a new you.”

Just as our body’s cells replenish, perhaps it is time to nurture and replenish our emotional gardens by making a commitment each week to do something that promotes our overall health. The more we do for ourselves, the better we feel about ourselves.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Venture outside of your normal routine.
  • Change up your exercise routine.
  • Take time to relax for an hour – read a book or a magazine.
  • Learn how to meditate.
  • Make your favorite healthy meal.
  • Listen to your fav music.
  • Spend time in the morning sun.  Sunlight helps to boost serotonin.
  • Chart your menopause symptoms.
  • Make your healthcare appointments such as finding a menopause specialist, and book your yearly Pap smear & mammogram.

When you put yourself on the top of your To-Do List, you will feel the shift that spring can bring!

Remember:  Suffering in silence is OUT!  Reaching out is IN.

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